When kura/schools set out on their Te Ara Whakamana journeys, passion, creativity, deep reflection, and innovations often occur. This has been the case at Oaklynn Special School in New Lynn, Auckland in their Rangatahi Unit.
Led by the Tumuaki, Louise Doyle and guided by Head Teachers, Donna and Jonathon, they worked collaboratively with several of the Rangatahi ākonga/young students to create an incredible peace of art representing the Te Ara Whakamana Atua and narrative and weaving in the whakapapa and region of their wonderful school, Oaklynn.
Using the mana/strengths of their Rangatahi, they have created an art piece that now graces the wall of an entrance into their school that sits about two meters in diameter. A stunning eye-catching piece that captures their mana/uniqueness, their āhua/character as a school and community, and the ara/journey they are taking together. You should all feel very proud of your creative efforts. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou kātoa. Mauri Ora.
Pia Harré, Ako Solutionz Kaihuawaere / Facilitator